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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Gets Reviewed On TripAdvisor, Plus Watch 8 Minute Tribute To DP Robert Yeoman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2014 9:40 AM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" may already be on home video, but its charms are still being felt. Yesterday, to celebrate the U.K. release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, a excellent new clip landed online for the movie, and it would appear that people have taken their appreciation of 'Budapest' to some unlikely places.

Watch: 30-Minute Making Of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' Plus New Clip From 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 10:01 AM
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The Royal Tenenbaums
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been a remarkable success for Wes Anderson. Not only does the $58 million domestic haul mark his best ever effort in the U.S., overseas, the film has been a powerhouse, taking in nearly double what it has at home, with $107 million and counting. And the movie is now doing a victory lap on home video.

Awards 2014: If The Oscar Nominations Were Today, Who Would The Academy Vote For?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 2, 2014 1:18 PM
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Oscars, If They Were Held Now
Recently we ran our Fall Festival 50, a wishlist and prediction piece about the films we expect to see popping up in the fall. Many of them will be on their way to an Oscar campaign, because, as the accepted wisdom goes, if you want your film to have a fighting chance at Academy Awards glory, you secure in a nice cosy October/November/December release date, maybe on the back of a festival premiere, and bombard the trades with For Your Consideration ads. This indeed has been the route taken by five of the six most recent Best Picture winners ("12 Years a Slave," "Argo," "The Artist," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire") with only Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” proving that it’s possible to play in summer and still pick up the big one.

Exclusive: Pics Of Recording Sessions For 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Randall Poster Talks Score, Wes Anderson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 11:25 AM
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GBH, Randall Poster
There are many things to treasure in Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." The usual pleasures of his films are there to be found, including the meticulous set design, carefully crafted dialogue and precision comedic pacing. But one element that has been a bit undersung is Alexandre Desplat's score and the soundtrack to the film. It marks a departure of sorts for the filmmaker, who forgoes his usual mixtape of choice cuts, for a mostly score driven piece, with 'Budapest' almost functioning as a musical, with a variety of themes and melodies carrying the film through its variety of screwball adventures.

Watch: See The Setting Of Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Recreated With 50,000 Lego Bricks

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 1:10 PM
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Wes Anderson, Grand Budapest Hotel
Two of the most talked about movies of the year have been Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 'The Lego Movie," so it makes perfect sense that, to celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the former, that we'd get some combination of the two. Yesterday, a cryptic email arrived teasing some kind of plastic-brick related "Grand Budapest Hotel" reveal, and while it's not the official tie-in set that some were hoping for, the results are pretty cool nevertheless.

The Best Films Of 2014 So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Best of 2014, midway
Here's a bold statement: 2014 is looking like a pretty damn good year for movies so far. We've had a few strong ones in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013 were all overflowing with goodness), but a little less than halfway through this year, and the discerning moviegoer has been spoiled with choices. Of course, there's been a lot of swill, but from the blockbuster to tiny foreign indies, there's been plenty worth checking out.

Box Office: 'Neighbors' Knocks Down The Door With Big #1 Opening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2014 12:10 PM
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Neighbors
It looks like Spider-Man's biggest villains this weekend were Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The duo's "Neighbors" knocked Sony's superhero from the top slot with a big $51 million opening.

Watch: Impressive VFX Reel For Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 28, 2014 3:05 PM
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The Grand Budapest Hotel
When you hear someone talk about a movie that’s “effects driven,” they’re most likely talking about big-budget blockbusters like “The Hobbit” films or the upcoming Spider-Man sequel. You normally don’t hear a Wes Anderson film being mentioned in the same breath, but maybe that’s a mistake. As we all know, the best type of visual effects are the ones you don’t notice and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is filled with such subtleties. So if you’re a fan of Anderson's latest, but did not notice all the visual effects, this five-minute video should enlighten you.

Box-Office: ‘Captain America’ Threepeats At #1, Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Flops Hard

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 20, 2014 12:24 PM
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Transcendence
Disney is having a good year. Thanks to the insane success of “Frozen” and their Marvel studios wing, the studio has already crossed the $1 billion mark for 2014 and it’s not even May. Part of that success is thanks to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which spent its third week at the #1 box-office spot. Crossing the $200 million mark domestically, the film added another $26.6 million to its domestic tally (only down 36% from the previous weekend) and banked another $35.3 million overseas for $586 million total worldwide. Could it be one of Marvel's highest grossing films ever? Maybe, but it still has a ways to go to crack the top 2 ("Avengers" with 1.5 billion and "Iron Man 3" with $1.2 billion).

Box-Office: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Breaks April Records With A Whopping $96.2 Million Opening Weekend

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 6, 2014 12:12 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel’s hegemony continues, but it’s too be expected, right? If the mediocre “Thor: The Dark World” could open to $85 million domestically, surely the better-reviewed and mostly critically-loved “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” could best that by a significant margin, right? Well, in almost 4,000 theaters, it was only roughly $10 million (12%) more, but the ‘Captain America’ sequel broke April box-office records this weekend and grossed a whopping $10.2 million during late Thursday screenings and $30-something million on opening day. The cumulative effect rang up $96.2 million, a little shy of the breaking $100 million estimates, but still Marvel’s fourth-highest opening ever after “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3” and “Iron Man 2,” which does seem a little low compared to ‘IM2,’ but it is April, and Chris Evans is not quite Robert Downey Jr. Still, as being criticized for the most boring of ‘Avengers’ characters, the Captain is sitting pretty this weekend.

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